It's been a while since I've managed to be on here. I've been away, and life has this habit of keeping you busy, just when you don't want to be
. Anyway, before I went away I wanted to see if I could catch the Pasque flowers in bloom. To be honest I didn't know if it'd be a success or not, but the weather was fine, so I caught the train out to Dullingham and cycled to the Dyke in the sun (which seems like a stranger at the minute
I walked up from the south, and whilst I was looking for the Pasque flower, I came across other wildflowers. It was a good opportunity to see some different viola species, which I hadnít come across before, particularly V. hirta
and V. odorata
peach coloured form (Does anyone know the name of this form?).
When I came out of the woodland, the land become open and more like what I was expecting find. I thought, "Right, you've got to be here somewhere!". So I crossed over the railway line and began to look.
Well, pretty much straight away I saw a Pasque flower, ad it gave me one of the biggest grins. I think everyone that was walking by thought I must have been some sort of loony! I continued to search and search and for the rest of the afternoon, the only other ones I found were 2 others very close by, and a few buds just emerging from the ground. Even though the flowers are a very distinctive colour, they are not that easy to find when there are only a few in bloom!
Here are the pictures (hopefully the ID's are correct but please let me know if you think something different - after all that's how we all learn): Viola odorata Viola hirta Veronica persica Veronica hederifolia Ficaria verna Geum urbanum Mercurialis perennis Myosotis arvensis Pulsatilla vulgaris Pulsatilla vulgaris
I'd be particularly interested to hear from people about the Veronica ID's as I don't really know them. Also the Geum, and the Forget-me-not.
It was really great to see these amazing flowers (in such nice weather too), so glad I went out there! Amazing things. And nothing beats finding something you really can't wait to see
!! Thanks for reading, and have a great day,